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February 26, 2013
How human language could have evolved from birdsong
Boston MA (SPX) Feb 26, 2013
"The sounds uttered by birds offer in several respects the nearest analogy to language," Charles Darwin wrote in "The Descent of Man" (1871), while contemplating how humans learned to speak. Language, he speculated, might have had its origins in singing, which "might have given rise to words expressive of various complex emotions." Now researchers from MIT, along with a scholar from the University of Tokyo, say that Darwin was on the right path. The balance of evidence, they believe, suggests that ... read more
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Using transportation data to predict pandemics
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Stanford researchers develop tool for reading the minds of mice
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New approach alters malaria maps
Identifying areas of malarial infection risk depends more on daily temperature variation than on the average monthly temperatures, according to a team of researchers, who believe that their results ... more

Data paper describes Antarctic biodiversity data gathered by 90 expeditions since 1956
A new peer-reviewed data paper offers a comprehensive, open-access collection of georeferenced biological information about the Antarctic macrobenthic communities. The term macrobenthic refers to th ... more
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Thirsty crops and hungry people: Symposium to examine realities of water security
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South Korea swears in first female president
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